[DNS] domain name news - June 19

[DNS] domain name news - June 19

From: David Goldstein <goldstein_david§yahoo.com.au>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2008 20:13:19 -0700 (PDT)
Don't forget to check out http://auda.org.au/domain-news/ for today's
edition of the complete domain news, including an RSS feed - already

Headlines from the June 23 edition of the news include:
European IT chief backs Net neutrality | We need to embrace
peer-to-peer, says VeriSign | The race is on: Get your own Internet
domain | Network Solutions Suddenly Opposed To Domain Hijacking |
Internet domain name for China surpasses '.net' | VeriSign expands
internet infrastructure in Europe | Volkswagen allowed to register
VW.de | Domainer's Trademark Interests Focus of Paris Domainer Meeting

And see my website - http://technewsreview.com.au/ - for daily updates in between postings.


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OECD proposes roadmap for the future of the Internet economy

Governments give consumers a boost at high-level OECD meeting on the future of the Internet

[OECDIT] No Vacancy: Make Room for New Internet Addresses by Dr Paul Twomey

EU speaks out about seizing opportunities in the global internet economy

ICANN: Improving Institutional Confidence consultation launched

ICANN: Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers - Final Call for Comments and Background Report

VeriSign builds out DNS security defences

In First Quarter of 2008, Internet Keeps Pace with Quarterly Growth Rate Set in 2007 [news release]

VeriSign: Domain-name Registrations Keep Growing [IDG]

US FTC Halts Domain Name Registration Scam [IDG]

us: FTC Halts Cross Border Con Artists: Thousands of Small Businesses and Nonprofits Billed for Domain Registrations They Didn't Get [news release]

OECD proposes roadmap for the future of the Internet economy
The Seoul Declaration came at the close of the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy, held in Seoul, Korea, on 17-18 June 2008. Participants agreed on the need for governments to work closely with business, civil society and technical experts on policies that promote competition, empower and protect consumers, and expand Internet access and use worldwide.

Governments give consumers a boost at high-level OECD meeting on the future of the Internet
Stepped up actions to combat online identity theft, strengthen mobile commerce business practices, and promote more transparency and consumer flexibility in communication services were highlighted at a high-level OECD meeting on the future of the Internet Economy in Seoul, Korea on 17-18 June.

Recommendation of the OECD Council on the protection of critical information infrastructures
This recommendation provides guidance on the development of policies to protect critical information infrastructures (CII), the disruption or destruction of which would have a serious impact on the safety and well-being of citizens or the effective functioning of government or the economy. This guidance is derived from best practices identified in an OECD background report comparing CII policies in seven countries.

Shaping policies for the future of the Internet economy
This report provides policy direction and guidance from five OECD Committees in Internet-related policy areas. Its objective is to help decision-makers in their efforts to facilitate convergence, stimulate creativity, strengthen confidence, and expand opportunities for global economic, social and cultural development enabled by the Internet.

Recommendation of the OECD Council for enhanced access and more effective use of public sector information
This Recommendation is designed as a general framework for Member countries to foster wider and more effective use of public sector information and content, and the generation of new uses from it. It lays out principles for openness and transparent conditions for re-use, quality and integrity, new technologies and long-term preservation, copyright, pricing, competition and redress, and international access.

Opening remarks by Angel Gurr?a, OECD Secretary-General at the OECD Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy
In his opening remarks at the Seoul Ministerial meeting, Angel Gurr?a reminded the audience that the Internet has already become a leading engine of economic growth, accounting for some 20% of OECD countries? GDP. He added, however, that there are a number of ?pressure points? and that policy-makers must act now, both to secure the Internet?s future and to help promote convergence, creativity and confidence.

The Future of the Internet Economy: A statistical profile
This statistical profile, prepared for the OECD Ministerial meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy taking place in Seoul on 17-18 June, compares major trends in the diffusion of the Internet across OECD and selected non-OECD countries.

Cybercrime risk to the internet economy
Government ministers from across the world have issued a call for greater vigilance against cybercrime at the close of meeting on the future of the internet economy.

OECD Sees Bolstering Internet Confidence as Crucial
The OECD Ministerial Meeting kicked off here in Seoul on Tuesday under the theme ?Creativity, Confidence and Convergence.? However, restoring confidence in the Internet community is considered the most immediate task.

[OECDIT] No Vacancy: Make Room for New Internet Addresses by Dr Paul Twomey
Few people spend time worrying about the underlying technology of the devices and systems they use every day. When it comes to the Internet, most people just type in a web address and head to the Web site and information they seek. But when the OECD Ministerial Meeting on The Future of the Internet Economy takes place in Seoul, Korea, discussions about those underlying technologies and systems will be front and center.

OECD Sees Internet as Crucial for Economic Progress
World experts discussed ways to use the Internet as a driving force for the recovery of the global economy at the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy which opened in Seoul on Tuesday.

EU speaks out about seizing opportunities in the global internet economy
Viviane Reding, Member of the European Commission responsible for Information Society and Media spoke about 'Seizing the Opportunities of the Global Internet Economy' at the OECD Ministerial Meeting "Future of the internet economy" in Seoul, Korea, 17-18 June 2008.

Seizing the Opportunities of the Global Internet Economy BY VIVIANE REDING - EU Commissioner
It is a pleasure for me to represent Europe during the plenary session of this OECD Ministerial meeting on the future of internet economy. Our meeting is important and topical at a time where ultra-fast broadband is being rolled-out in developed economies while a large part of mankind has no access at all or no access to the internet at affordable prices. Therefore, I would like to thank the Government of Korea and the OECD for organising this high level event.

au: Conroy Hints At International Web Security Pact
Speaking to the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Seoul, Korea, the federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy hinted at greater cooperation between international governments over the issue of protecting online users.

Regional Internet Registries Appeal for IPv6 Investment at OECD Conference on ?The Future of the Internet Economy?
The cost of migrating the Internet infrastructure to IPv6 will be significant, but the cost of not making this investment will end up being far higher

OECD Sees Bolstering Internet Confidence as Crucial
The OECD Ministerial Meeting kicked off here in Seoul on Tuesday under the theme ?Creativity, Confidence and Convergence.? However, restoring confidence in the Internet community is considered the most immediate task. The participants cited that confidence in the Internet is being threatened due to cyber crimes and privacy issues despite the fact that it has become increasingly important in international commerce and cultural exchanges.

South Korea's Lee highlights Internet benefits, dangers [AFP]
South Korea's embattled President Lee Myung-Bak Tuesday highlighted the benefits and dangers of the Web as he addressed an international meeting on the future of the Internet economy.

Canada and the need for speed - ISPs throttle broadband
While ISPs in other countries satisfy public and business broadband appetite by upgrading infrastructure, Canada throttles. How long can it last? - With the explosion of bandwidth-hungry habits such as peer-to-peer file sharing, video streaming and teleworking, experts are warning that Canadian ISPs are reaching the limits of their capacity under the current infrastructure. But while service providers in other countries are investing in new technology to increase capacity, Canadian telcos are trying to curb high-use customers through methods like throttling, or degrading the speed of clients who use peer-to-peer software.


ICANN meeting shuttle service is go!
Next week's Paris meeting will see a new initiative launched: a free shuttle service designed to help meeting attendees get to a selection of must-see places distributed around the meeting venue.

Bienvenue a Paris by Kieren McCarthy
The Paris meeting beings next week, and we are extremely grateful to receive this video from the boys at Domaine.info - acting as an ad for the conference. Domaine.info will also be filming the meeting and preparing edited highlights of the biggest sessions of each day.

ICANN: Improving Institutional Confidence consultation launched
More than two years ago, the President?s Strategy Committee (PSC) commenced a series of consultations on how to strengthen and complete the ICANN multi-stakeholder model. In addition, the recent Midterm Review of the Joint Project Agreement (JPA) between the United States Department of Commerce and ICANN produced useful comments about ICANN?s performance and future. Most commentators in that consultation believe ICANN has made significant progress, but that some key areas need to be improved in order to complete the transition to an agreed model of multi-stakeholder coordination of the Internet?s unique identifiers.

ICANN: Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers - Final Call for Comments and Background Report
On 13 June 2008, the Chair of the Address Supporting Organization Address Council forwarded a Proposed Global Policy for Autonomous System Numbers, ASNs, for ratification by the ICANN Board. Essentially, the proposal defines timelines and allocation principles for a transition from 2-byte to 4-byte ASNs.

 - ccTLD & gTLD NEWS
Kenyans to Enjoy Reduced Charges for Acquiring Internet Domains
Kenyans will soon enjoy reduced charges to acquire new Internet domains under the .ke tag in an ambitious programme targeting over 20,000 primary and secondary schools.

ICM Registry, Applicant of the Proposed .XXX Domain, Files Independent Review Petition Against ICANN
In a public letter posted on ICM Registry's Website, Stuart Lawley, Chairman and President of the organization has announced that last week an independent review petition against ICANN was filed. In March 2007, ICM's application for a new .XXX Top-Level Domain (TLD) was rejected by ICANN after a three year long process costing ICM reportedly over US$ 4 million in total (view all related posting). Following is the text from today's announcement:

VeriSign builds out DNS security defences
VeriSign is pushing ahead with plans to make the internet's Domain Name System (DNS) more resilient to internet attacks. But although it will make its upgraded server infrastructure IPv6 and DNSSec ready, the net infrastructure giant reckons the touted performance improvements promised by the protocols have been delivered by other means.

Anonymous Domain Sales: A Spammer's Delight
Spammers routinely register their sites under false names, or hijack someone else's identity to do so. But new research shows they're also paying for premium services when registering domain names to ensure a deeper level of anonymity.

UK target for 'large number' of cyberattacks
The government has said it is engaged in tackling ongoing state-sponsored cyberattacks on UK national infrastructure. Security minister Lord West told the House of Lords that the UK continues to be targeted by a "large number of attacks" and that the government is "taking action" to deal with those backed by hostile regimes.

Cybersquatters eye online travel market
The $2-billion online travel market is the latest to be hit by cyber squatters. Vendors, essentially cyber squatters, are using brand names of popular travel portals as their domain names and also in their content to generate traffic--sometimes by even hoodwinking the consumer.

Cybersquatters hit online travel sites
Cybersquatters have now hit the $2-billion world-wide online travel market. Vendors that are essentially cybersquatters, use popular travel brand names as their domain names and in their web page content to generate traffic to their website, often by fooling the consumer.

 - IPv4/IPv6
Are you using IPv6?
This month marks the deadline for agencies to make their network backbones capable of handling IPv6 traffic. The mandated implementation was accomplished in a short time with the yeoman service of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in developing standards and guidelines.

Kenya hosts EU/AfriNIC training on IPv6
More than 100 technical experts from English-speaking countries in Africa have gathered in Nairobi for IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) training. The training is geared toward improving the capacity of IT managers in Africa in deployment of IPv6 networks.

Net down to last 700m addresses
THE world will run out of internet addresses by 2010, with only 700 million separate addresses remaining for allocation out of the 4.3 billion available on the present network.

us: DHS behind on IPv6 work, IG says
The Homeland Security Department has more work to do to meet a deadline in less than two weeks to be ready for the next generation Internet, known as Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), a new inspector general audit shows.

US Government Not Driving IPv6 for Enterprise
The U.S. government deadline of June 30 for IPv6 compliance is nearing. Though the government is mandating compliance, two of the biggest vendors in the government networking space do not see a mad rush in the final week.

In First Quarter of 2008, Internet Keeps Pace with Quarterly Growth Rate Set in 2007 [news release]
In the first three months of 2008, the growth of the Internet remained steady as it added 14 million new domain names according to the first quarter 2008 Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc., the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. The close of the first quarter saw a total base of more than 162 million domain name registrations worldwide across all of the Top Level Domain Names (TLDs). This represents a 26 percent increase over the same quarter last year, and 6 percent growth over the fourth quarter of 2007. That pace of quarterly growth is about the same as the average quarterly growth rate from 2007.

VeriSign: Domain-name Registrations Keep Growing [IDG]
Domain-name registrations rose 6 percent in the first quarter of 2008, continuing a trend of steady growth, said VeriSign, the company that manages the .com, .net and .tv domain names.

Domain name registrations keep on climbing
Web infrastructure services provider VeriSign has reported a 26 per cent increase in annual domain name registrations, as demand for TLDs remains robust.

VeriSign climbs after analyst raises price target [AP]
VeriSign Inc. shares rose then lost some ground Tuesday after an Oppenheimer & Co. analyst raised his price target for the stock while increasing his 2009 profit estimate on growth expectations.

US FTC Halts Domain Name Registration Scam [IDG]
A U.S. judge has ordered a Canadian company to stop billing small businesses and other customers for nonexistent domain name registration services, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

us: Bogus Domain Registrar Scamming Small Business, FTC Says
A Toronto company is accused of scamming thousands of small business out of millions of dollars since 2004 by charging to renew domain addresses without providing such services, the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday.

us: FTC Halts Cross Border Con Artists: Thousands of Small Businesses and Nonprofits Billed for Domain Registrations They Didn't Get [news release]
A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered a halt to the illegal practices of Canadian operators who deceptively posed as domain name registrars and sent bogus bills to thousands of U.S. small businesses and nonprofit organizations for their annual ?WEBSITE ADDRESS LISTING.? Many of the businesses and nonprofits believed they would lose their Web site addresses unless they paid the bill, so they paid. The Federal Trade Commission alleged that in most cases the defendants did not provide domain registration services, did not provide the ?search optimization? services it claimed to provide, and bilked small businesses and nonprofits out of millions of dollars.

Court Halts Domain Name Scam
A US District Court ordered an end to the illegal practices of Data Business Solutions, a Canadian company that was caught by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceptively posing as a domain name registrar and sending bills to thousands of US small businesses and nonprofit organizations. The scammers sent the notices claiming they were owed money for the annual ?Website Address Listing,? however in most cases they provided no services whatsoever.

au: Lawsuit against AdultShop.com settled - DBS subsidiary settles mutual lawsuit with AdultShop
Pageseeker Limited, a subsidiary of Dark Blue Sea has reached a settlement with AdultShop.com which will allow both sides to drop their mutual lawsuits. The companies were involved in a long-running spat over the arrangements of a contractual agreement they had made in 2001, when Pageseeker sold its Today's Success adult website to Adultshop.

Whois Does Not Establish Domain Name Ownership
Domain Name News was forwarded a copy of a 2007 Federal Court decision that seems to be a wake up call to after-market domain name buyers to be wary of who they are buying domain names from. The California Federal Court decision should make it crystal clear to would-be domain name purchasers that true ownership of a domain name is not based on what is in the whois records.

Bank of America Promotes .Mobi, One Million Users
Bank uses .mobi in promotion of mobile online services.

Domain Name Registration Search Declines - Google
I've been spending a lot of time on Google Trends since discovering how useful it is to track interest levels over time on any particular keyword phrase search. As an SEO Specialist, I pay...

Fund.com Fetches $10 Million
The domain name ?Fund.com? fetches $10 million, opens eyes to a growing domain market. Industry giants ArrowBranding.com & BuyDomains.com are seeing record sales for their 2 and 3 word domains. Analysts believe that most decent 2 word domains will be gobbled up by the end of the decade.

July Issue of Modern Domainer Ships Soon - Latest issue of Modern Domainer features domain blogs
The July issue of Modern Domainer magazine will be shipping soon, and Domain Name Wire got a sneak peak. The issue tips the scales at well over 100 pages and is Modern Domainer?s biggest issue yet. This issue?s main feature is the ?Domainer?s Blog Bible?:

Bido Domain Auction Preview
As announced earlier, Bido, the low-reserve one domain a day auction, is set for launch tomorrow, June 18th. Sahar Sarid, Dan Kimball and Sean Stafford were so kind to walk us through the site.

New Domain Name Auction Platform Bido Launches
After long delay, Bido has launched. Newcomer Bido has entered the domain name auction scene. The platform, launched in part by Sahar Sarid, features only one domain name auction per day, bids start at $1, domain names have no reserve, and Bido guarantees a minimum sales price to sellers.

Enhancing competition in telecommunications: protecting and empowering consumers
Improving the ability of consumers to choose between competing suppliers is important for well functioning markets. This report examines how to increase market flexibility for consumers in communication services, and improve access to information.

Korea's new generation of 'Web 2.0' protesters
In June 1987, Seoul's City Hall Plaza reverberated with a chant that signaled the end of military rule in South Korea: "Dokjetado!" or "Down with the dictatorship!" In June this year, the plaza has once again become a rallying point for crowds calling for the removal of an unpopular government: "Out with Lee Myung Bak!"

Tech firms act to counter 'information overload'
Having unleashed the information revolution, the world's largest technology companies are helping to fix one of its least desirable side-effects: information pollution.

Stunts Today for Firefox. Sophisticated Programs Tomorrow
Today marks the official release of the version 3.0 for the Firefox browser. But what does that mean for a product that has been designed, written and tested in public? There?s no surprise about what it does; that?s been clear for months. And you could get a nearly complete version of the software for the last several weeks.

Internet advertising: It keeps growing and growing
The Interactive Advertising Bureau said today that advertisers spent $5.8 billion in the first quarter of 2008, up 18.2% from the year-earlier period. Don't they know there's a recession on?

My way or the highway, says eBay to Australian customers
EBay Australia has fired off a strongly worded letter to its 5 million customers, warning that failure to comply with its new PayPal ruling will result in an immediate removal of product listings.

au: Net economy long way to go: Conroy
The unresolved issues of privacy and identity management must be addressed if the internet economy is to reach its true potential, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has told an OECD meeting of telecommunications ministers in Seoul today.

Firefox aims for download record
Version 3 of the popular Firefox web browser is going on general release on 17 June. Wide take-up of the new version would further boost the market share of the browser which is currently used by about 15% of net users.

Andrew Keen on New Media: Choose your words carefully, the blink media revolution has begun
Blink and you'll miss this message. Brevity is the new digital cool. As handheld computers such as the iPhone and the BlackBerry replace the desktop, mass media is being transformed into micro media. Technology is chunking, slicing and shrinking the message. Welcome to the age of blink media.

The Rise of Social Networking for the Serious
For a Web site, it could hardly look less exciting. Its pages are heavy with text, much of it a flat blue, and there are few photos and absolutely no videos. But LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, is dull by design. Unlike Facebook and MySpace, the site is aimed at career-minded, white-collar workers, people who join more for the networking than the social.

U.S. Will Lag in Tech Growth, Study Says
Watching television, gaining access to the Internet and listening to music on mobile phones will be a viable business in the next few years, says a study by a consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. But while marketers and advertisers have much to cheer in the coming digital revolution, the fastest growth will be in emerging markets, with the United States lagging behind.

The web that time forgot - the first world wide web
... In 1934, Otlet sketched out plans for a global network of computers (or "electric telescopes," as he called them) that would allow people to search and browse through millions of interlinked documents, images, audio and video files. He described how people would use the devices to send messages to one another, share files and even congregate in online social networks. He called the whole thing a "r?seau," or network. Historians trace the origins of the World Wide Web through a lineage of Anglo-American inventors like Vannevar Bush, Doug Engelbart and Ted Nelson. But more than half a century before Tim Berners-Lee released the first Web browser in 1991, Otlet described a networked world where "anyone in his armchair would be able to contemplate the whole of creation."

Accused spammer must pay MySpace $6 million
MySpace continues to wage a legal war on alleged spammers. An arbitrator has ordered Media Breakaway and Chief Executive Scott Richter to pay the social-networking giant $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in legal fees, according to legal filings. The company's employees were also ordered to stay off MySpace.

Cash in hand: why Africans are banking on the mobile phone
For consumers in developed markets, using a mobile phone for banking services is a smart add-on to a bank's branch network. But to people in the developing world, the arrival of mobile banking - or m-banking - is potentially revolutionary.

Mobility key in continent lacking fixed-phone infrastructure
Africa has become extremely attractive to mobile phone companies because of its sheer potential for growth. As markets in Europe and the US reach saturation point, competition and regulatory pressure has forced prices lower, so some of the world's largest players are looking for new markets in which to expand.

Emerging markets seen to drive mobile broadband
Telecom equipment maker Ericsson said on Wednesday mobile broadband Internet subscribers could rise to 2.2 billion in five years' time from 250 million, fuelled by exponential growth in emerging markets. Torbjorn Possne, senior vice president sales and marketing, told a news conference in Singapore that the growth will be driven by markets in Asia and Latin America.

AP plans guidelines on how much Web sites can copy
The Associated Press, one of the largest news organizations in the United States, said that it would, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards for how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites could excerpt without infringing on The AP's copyright.

AP Wants to School Bloggers on Copyright Law
Seeking to protect its own business model, The Associated Press is hoping to clarify what constitutes fair use of the content is publishes online, with plans to lay out guidelines for bloggers on how much content they can quote. The AP, which bills itself as the world's largest and oldest news-gathering organization, hopes to bring clarity to the "fair use" provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

US blogger charged with insulting Singapore judge [AFP]
A court document says a US citizen has been charged with insulting a Singapore judge in his blog by saying she was "prostituting herself".

Malware-Driven Child Porn Raises Red Flag
What if you unknowingly harbored child pornography on your work laptop? A child pornography possession charge against a former Massachusetts state government employee has been dropped after forensic evidence showed that his machine was infected with various forms of malware that silently drove his browser to the unsavory sites and files.

us: State worker's child porn charges dropped; virus blamed [IDG]
Prosecutors have dropped child pornography charges against a Massachusetts state employee after an investigation determined that his government-issued laptop was poorly configured and riddled with malicious software.

US Federal judge lands in hot water over explicit images on Web site
In an incident that highlights how almost nothing that one does on the Internet is private, the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has recused himself from an obscenity trial after the Los Angeles Times reported last week that it had found a cache of sexually explicit images on his personal Web site.

UK hacker's case before Law Lords
A Briton is taking his fight against US extradition for allegedly carrying out the "biggest military computer hack of all time" to the House of Lords. Glasgow-born Gary McKinnon, a systems analyst, is accused of gaining access to 97 US military and Nasa computers from his north London home.

France to ban illegal downloaders from using the internet under three-strikes rule
Anyone in France who persists in illicit downloading of music or films will be barred from broadband access under a controversial new law that makes the country a pioneer in combating internet piracy.

Entertainment and advertising move east in a mobile world
The global entertainment and media market is expected to expand by more than a third over the next five years, as more people in emerging markets move online and the global love affair with the mobile phone continues to flourish.

Average teenager's iPod has 800 illegal music tracks
Teenagers and students have an average of more than 800 illegally copied songs each on their digital music players, the largest academic survey of young people's music ownership has found.

Censorship: Record number of bloggers arrested
Repressive governments are arresting more bloggers than ever as they struggle to cope with the threat posed by the internet, researchers have claimed. Thirty six people were arrested last year because of what they had written on their blogs and personal websites ? an increase of more than three times on the figures from 2006, according to researchers at the University of Washington in the US.

Blogger arrests hit record high
More bloggers than ever face arrest for exposing human rights abuses or criticising governments, says a report. Since 2003, 64 people have been arrested for publishing their views on a blog, says the University of Washington annual report.

Death of 13-year-old prompts cyberbullying test case
A Missouri woman accused of creating a fictitious character on MySpace to cyberbully a 13-year-old neighbour who then committed suicide pleaded not guilty to federal charges at a Los Angeles court yesterday. The case, say lawyers, could radically affect the way millions of users gain access to the internet.

MySpace suicide mother Lori Drew in court
A woman accused of driving a Missouri teenager to suicide with messages from a fake MySpace account has appeared in a Los Angeles court to deny charges in the case of alleged cyber-bullying that garnered worldwide attention.

Lori Drew pleads not guilty over internet suicide [AP]
A woman has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles federal court to charges in an internet hoax blamed for a 13-year-old girl's suicide.

au: Symantec net warning
Symantec chief executive John Thompson has warned the Government against trying to regulate the internet by filtering content at internet service provider level.

au: ISPs: Govt porn filters 'could cripple internet'
Broadband providers Internode and iiNet have hit out against the Federal government's ISP-level content filtering initiative ? a scheme that could cripple Australia's high-speed internet access, according to one exec.

nz: Squabbling starts as new industry body shapes up
Stirrings of discontent are already emerging as the new umbrella ICT industry body, the Digital Development Council and Forum, takes shape.

za: Internet, Cyber Crime to Take Centre Stage at Conference
The role of the internet and the effects of cyber crime in the 21st Century will be investigated during the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Conference in Korea this week. Communications Minister Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri will represent South Africa at the second OECD three-day conference, taking place on Tuesday.

na: New Communications Bill Required
THE absence of an Information and Communications Bill is causing immense harm to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector as a whole in the country. Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda said this during the official opening of the Information Technology Exhibition (ITEX) symposium in Windhoek on Friday.

Swedish revolt over 'Big Brother' law
Sweden's "Big Brother" law, allowing the government to snoop on all outgoing cross-border emails, could be blocked tomorrow by a handful of rebel parliamentarians ready to defy their party whips.

MySpace Might Have Friends, but It Wants Ad Money
When the News Corporation added MySpace to its portfolio nearly three years ago, it expected that if its base of 16 million users kept growing ? and each user kept adding friends, sharing photos and swapping flirty messages ? the advertising dollars would roll in.

Senate passes VoIP emergency-dialing bill [IDG]
The U.S. Senate has passed legislation that requires the operators of 911 networks to allow VoIP providers to connect. The Senate on Monday passed the New and Emerging Technologies 911 Improvement Act by unanimous consent. The legislation passed the House of Representatives in November, but the Senate made some changes, so the bill will have to go back to the House for approval.

Compression technique lets attackers tap VoIP calls
A common compression technique can make Internet telephone calls significantly more susceptible to bugging, according to recent research from Johns Hopkins University.


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